Posted by: cindybythesea | November 20, 2016

On Him We Have Set Our Hope

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I love the serenity of this photo. A beautiful afternoon with my daughter and two of my grandchildren seaside on the Puget Sound. We had been collecting seashells and found some drift wood that we fashioned in to a cross. It was a special moment for my grandkids and I to ponder the incredible love of Jesus and the marvelous beauty of his creation. It was the kind of moment in time that speaks to the heart that in spite of the craziness of the world about us there is someone who sees, understands and has it all under control. A comforting thought as the days around us become increasingly chaotic. The earth may quake, the mountains fall but by faith in Jesus, we stand firm.  His coming for those who know him and love him perhaps closer today than ever before.

As our country becomes increasingly divided it is tempting to look to a politician to solve all of our problems. Germany looked to Hitler to solve theirs as well as restoring their national pride and we all know how that turned out. So we must be very careful. Wise as serpents, harmless as doves (as the Bible says) for these are not only days of chaos but days of great deception. Imperative now (perhaps more than ever before) that we keep our eyes focused on the one whose very name is righteousness and truth. He will never lead us astray.

I loved our time at the seashore. Our simple cross of driftwood. We laughed and talked. Picked up seashells and marveled at the creativity of our God. We had some time of prayer thanking God for his beautiful creation, for family and friends and most of all for Jesus, in whom our salvation and our hope is found – and as we packed up to leave that evening – our bags stuffed full with shells and sand and wood …. I knew in my spirit that as we left that place, we left that place renewed.

“Indeed in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope …..” 2 Corinthians 1:9-10

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | October 30, 2016

Separating Light from Darkness

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“This is the verdict: Light has come in to the world, but men loved darkness instead of light …” John 3:17

I’ve noticed two things over the past few years which have led to the writing of this post. The increasing popularity of Halloween not just with children but with adults.  And the increasing darkness, depravity and lewdness that surrounds it. If you don’t believe me just visit any (especially major city) Halloween parade or party.  You would probably be astounded.

Few would argue that the roots of Halloween are not rooted in paganism. Most of us understand that it is. If you are not convinced,  a quick google on the subject will take you to more information than you would probably want to take the time to read. I could recount it all here but I think most of us already know it on one level or another.

The problem is not so much that we don’t understand it …. but, the more obvious fact that we choose to ignore it ….. under the serious illusion that by skirting the issue it simply no longer exists …. after all, a girl (or boy) just wants to have fun.

Separating Light from Darkness

As Christians, we know that from the very beginning God separated light from darkness. Calling that separation good. This is a major, overwhelming and constant theme throughout scripture ….. making it very plain as it says in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15

“….what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial (the devil) …”

To which of course we must say, there isn’t any. None!  For the true purpose of light is to dispel darkness not to contribute to it. Yet, I dare say the number of Christians who participate in this holiday (Halloween)  are as close in number as to those who are not (Christian).

Listen, it has taken me years to come to this conclusion. I dressed up as a kid and so did my kids. No one came home with a bigger bag of candy than my youngest (and her best buddy, the preachers daughter, I might add) so its not like I don’t understand. But in my walk with the Lord the past few years, I have began to see things much, much differently. The problem is we often want to see what we want to see ….. and  I think that is how it was for me.

COME OUT THEREFORE AND BE YE SEPARATE

But things have changed mightily in the last few years and darkness and outright demonism is engulfing our country (and our world) like never before. The signs are everywhere. If there was ever a time to be salt and light in our world its now!  The time for straddling fences is over ….. if you are for God, say so!  For Jesus has made it plain …. if you are “lukewarm” …..”I will spit you out of my mouth”. One foot in Jesus and one foot in the world is not going to cut it anymore. I can assure you when Jesus comes he will not be carrying a jack o lantern ….. when Jesus comes he will be armed with justice and truth.

When God called Israel out of Egypt he called them to leave all their former “gods” behind. Yet for some reason, we have this penchant for clinging on to ours — because in our minds …. its all in “fun” …. therefore God, by golly, must like it or at least understand. Why? Because we said so.

Hello! This is God we are talking about …. not the fictional easter bunny, will o the wisp or Santa Claus. What part of “its a fearful thing to fall in to the hands of the living God” do we not understand? Yes, God is love. Yes, God has shown us grace through his son …. but, we make God out to be some kind of heavenly fluff ball in the sky …. that exists solely to make sure we have fun. You want to be scared …. skip the haunted house and think about the day you will come face to face with the living God ….. for that day is coming as surely as the sun comes up each morning …. an appointment that every one of us must keep. Think about that the next time you’re tempted for that weak in the knees feeling.

TEACHING OUR CHILDREN

As Christians our greatest responsibility is for what we teach our children. Why when God offers us life would we dress our children as skeletons, skulls or any other image of death, destruction and God’s adversary the devil?

Do we not know the devil comes  for the sole (soul) purpose – to kill, steal and destroy? He wants your children and he wants their souls. And if he can trick you in to thinking its all just in fun … all the better.

Why oh why, then would we want to participate in a holiday that glorifies the very things that God gave his most precious Son to defeat? It surely must grieve him as much as it angers him.

I don’t know about your neighborhood but mine is rife with death images. Graveyards, ghosts, ghouls, headstones, “bodies” hanging from trees, a “severed head” in a bag and so forth.  Witches, black cats, jack o lanterns and various accoutrements of the same. All images that relate to the occult, sorcery and magic …. all an abomination to the Lord.

Yet in spite of this we see an enormous enthusiasm for a holiday that says nothing about Jesus …. in fact, the direct opposite.

JESUS LOVES THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD

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Jesus said ….. “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them ” …. Luke 18:16.

Did you get that? Do not hinder them. Have we considered that the mixed message we give our children by participating in holidays like this could be hindering, stunting or minimizing their coming to Jesus or walking with him?  If so, then perhaps we should reconsider it.

Jesus had this to say:

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But, if anyone causes one of the little ones who believe in me to sin it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:5-6

A charge, in my opinion we should all take very seriously.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | October 11, 2016

September 23, 2017 – The Revelation 12 Sign

     September 23, 2017

” A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head” Revelation 12: 1

The book of Revelation has long been an enigma of sorts. Full of symbols and terrifying apocalyptic language, who could hope to understand it? Nonetheless, it is the one book in the Bible that has a special blessing attached to it for those who take the time to read it,  study it and take it to heart.

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3

Interesting words, when you think about it for if one is to “take it to heart“, the obvious implication is that it is meant to be understood.

According to one source there is a total of 1,817 prophecies in the Bible as a whole. If you start at Genesis 1:1 – all the prophecies written were yet future and waiting to be fulfilled … at the appointed time. There is the key ….. many of these were not meant to be understood (in their fullness) until the time that they were near …. then and only then, would they truly be understood. The book of Revelation is like that. The closer we get to the time, the more we will understand.

It is not unusual for God to use celestial signs as markers.  It was the Bethlehem star (as you will remember) that guided the wise men to Christ at the time of his birth. Likewise there will be signs in the heavens that will point to his soon return. The Revelation 12 sign is one such sign – a major (and perhaps final sign) signaling his soon return. This sign will appear over Jerusalem September 23, 2017.

My friend Steve Coerper at Anakypto Forum explains it quite well in an article you can find here.

Friends, we are living in unprecedented times.  The plagues of Egypt were estimated to have lasted 3-4 months or 40 days. It also rained for 40 days at the time of Noah’s flood. Point being – just because Revelation 12 is in the middle of the book (of Revelation) does not mean that its fulfillment is in the distant future because we have not yet seen all of the events of the first 11 chapters as of yet. A lot can happen in 40 days.

As of today, there is 347 days until the Revelation 12 sign appears. A mere 49 weeks and 4 days. The question is ….how will you  … how will I ….spend this time? Will you be ready?  If you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior I urge you to do so today. Religion can’t save you, good works can’t save you, ammunition and the storage of food and water can’t save you either. Only Jesus can! Make sure you know him today.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | September 11, 2016

Blessing in a Time of Cursing

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“They may curse but you will bless …” Psalm 109:28

Is there anything quite as refreshing as an early morning or late afternoon rain shower? Just when it seems the day couldn’t get any hotter or the dust any thicker dark clouds gather on the horizon and the heavens burst forth with delicious, cooling, wetter than wet rain. This is what blessing does. It brings refreshment to the soul and hope for the weary; breaking up and softening even the hardest ground in order that the seed might yield its fruit.

It’s a crazy world we live in these days. Secularism, materialism, and neo paganism have hardened hearts toward the things of God unlike anything most of us have seen before. And like any hard ground it is going to take some effort if it is ever going to bear fruit. And for this reason we must guard against becoming hardened ourselves. In this day and time it is tempting to return cursing for cursing when our faith and way of life is under attack but this is exactly what we must not do.

Yes, there are political leaders we disagree with. Yes, there are policies we find unfair, outrageous and repugnant if not down right wicked. But, we must always, always, always bring to the table the spirit of  love, mercy, grace, prayer for salvation, restoration, regeneration. For such were we until God brought us to salvation.

I don’t know about you but I have seen numerous comments on social media and other places where Christians are as mean-spirited as unbelievers. This should never be so. We must always be conscious and cognizant of who it is we represent and how we are represented.

For example, we may abhor a certain political leader and his or her policies. But name calling, jokes with intentional or unintentional innuendo is never appropriate for us as believers. Or worse yet, using scripture as a way to poke someone …. you’ve seen those bumper stickers

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“May his days be few, may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless, his wife a widow” quoting Psalm 109:8-9.

Really? Aren’t we sly? To insinuate blessing when cursing is intended. I always cringe when I see that.

Yes, I know it’s in the Bible. But in this age of grace can we do no less than pray for God’s blessing …. particularly when it comes to salvation? We above anyone else should know that it is God who establishes Kings (and President’s) in places of authority.

Why would God place an ungodly leader over us?  If we are not “listening” we are going to miss the message. God never makes a mistake.

We therefore can  (and must) speak the truth in love, in fact, we are mandated to do so…. but, it must always be with love for there are many eyes and ears watching what we say as much as what we do.

Instead of saying so and so is a “Bozo”  (or worse)…. we can say that we disagree with them on this or that policy and here is the reason why ….  we can also say that we are praying for them that God might bring the great gift of salvation to their lives.

I think it is important …. imperative …. that we begin to live our lives with blessing and not cursing as our narrative. In post-Christian America it is going to become increasingly difficult to live out our faith without becoming anxious and angry. We see and feel our culture changing in a way that is a bit scary. And if things continue as they are I see a day coming when Christianity will not be tolerated in any form. When Bibles are tossed out, Churches closed down and people jailed for violating laws that restrict Christianity …

….. .when that day comes as it surely will ….. should the Lord decide to tarry  ….. will we like Stephen be able to say when that day comes ….

“Lord, lay not this sin to their charge” Acts 7:60

If we cannot bless now ….. how can we possibly expect to bless then?

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | August 10, 2016

Are You Ready?

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While I was living in Hawaii I had the privilege of listening to and meeting Pastor JD Faraq of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe. One of the most humble men I have ever met, he is an incredible Bible scholar and prophecy teacher. Pastor JD is the “real deal” and one I am more than happy to promote on this blog.

Once a week, Pastor Faraq gives a prophecy up-date and by God’s grace has developed quite a following on youtube. Which is where you can find him. Just type in “prophecy update Pastor JD Faraq” and it should pop up.

Recently Pastor Faraq and his congregation hosted Israeli citizen and Messianic believer Amir Tsarfati who spoke on Bible prophecy in the light of current events particularly in the MIddle-East.  Mr. Tsarfati has served in the IDF and has first hand knowledge and insight into the explosive events that are even now shaping our world. Mr. Amir’s website is called “beholdisrael.org” for anyone who would be interested in listening further to his excellent teaching.

I was pleased to listen to him on youtube myself speaking from Calvary Chapel Kaneohe on the topic that has all our attention and is on the mind of every Bible prophecy student these days  ….. the soon rapture of the church and the all-important question –

Are You Ready?

To listen to this phenomenal presentation click here.

*Photo courtesy of google images and alwaysbeready.com

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindt

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | August 1, 2016

The Terminal Generation

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I was blessed to be able to attend the 2016 Prophecy Watchers Convention in Colorado Springs a week or so ago. And with some of the top prophecy experts on hand to lend their expertise on the subject of Bible prophecy, it was a mind blowing experience to say the least. I was privileged to listen to Gary Stearman, Derek Gilbert, L.A. Marzulli, Paul McQuire, Avi Lipkin and Joseph Farah just to mention a few.  I also met people who had traveled from as far away as the UK, Canada, New York and Hawaii just to be at this conference. And with so much information in such a short period of time my head is still spinning but I wanted to share at least some of it with you. Especially some of the thoughts I have had in the days following this incredible event.

One of the first speakers I had the privilege of listening to was *Gary Stearman on the subject of the final, last or terminal generation. Which posed the question – are we the last generation? All the signs seem to say so but is there any way that we can know for sure?

The Last Generation

Jesus himself used this terminology in his famous discourse from Matthew 24 regarding the signs of the end of the age.

“Even so when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.”  Matthew 24: 33,34

As you can see there is a generation that will see the fulfillment of all the things that Jesus spoke of. A generation unlike any other for it will be this generation that sees (in its completion) the second coming of Jesus.   And what is more Jesus himself gives us an important clue (actually two) as to when it might be and the time frame in which to look for it -so that when it happens, we will recognize it … Jesus never intended for us to be clueless or in the dark about something so important as the time of his return.

The Terminal Generation

Thank you to Mr Stearman who pointed out in his presentation “The Prophecy of the Last Generation” that the term”final, last or literally terminal generation” is used 6 times in the Old Testament and is most likely what Jesus was referring to in his Matthew 24 discourse. Here Jesus uses the term in reference to the generation that would be alive at the time of his second coming …. a generation that would not pass away until everything that he had spoken of had been fulfilled.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

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As many of you know the key to all of these events, the opening kick off you might say is the restoration of Israel and the Jewish people to the land. This is an unmistakable marker that places us squarely on the road to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Consider these words:

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree. As soon as its twigs get tender and it leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.”  Matthew 24:32,33.

The fig tree according to the Bible is representative of national Israel. We find this in Hosea 9:10 and Jeremiah 24:5. Therefore, when Jesus speaks about the fig tree budding again he is speaking of Israel which had been desolate and pretty much dead up until this past century for the past 2,000 years. Which is really no surprise as Jesus had cursed the fig tree in Matthew 21:19 for not bearing fruit.

“Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it,’ May you never bear fruit again! Immediately, the fig tree withered.”

That may seem strange to us cursing the tree for not bearing fruit …. but you see every living creature (humans, animals and plants) are all designed to bear fruit. Nations too. And when a nation does not bear fruit God will in due time cut them off.  Which should give us Americans great cause for concern for we have squandered the incredible blessings we have been give with scarcely a second thought. But then again, what is a nation but the people within who make it up. A nation is only as righteous as the people inside it.

120 years

In 1897 the first Zionist Congress was held in Basel, Swiitzerland urging a home for Jews in Palestine. This became the first budding of the fig tree. And the Lord true to promise  established his people back in the land with the official birth of Israel in 1948 and the restablishment of Jerusalem as the capital of the newly born country following the six day war in 1967. Green leaves and buds appearing.

It occurred to me that the push to create a Palestinian state with the division of Jerusalem as the capital for both is one of the preeminant signs for the second coming of Jesus. And of course, only a fool would believe that should this division actually take place that the Jews would be allowed to live in safety – for the “forces that be” will not be satisfied until the Jewish state is no longer in existence and every Jew is dead. Leaving the nation of Israel “the fig tree” with no possibility of bearing the fruit that God so desires to see. Which is of course their intention.

The Days of Noah

In Matthew 24,  Jesus states that in the days before his coming it will be “as in the days of Noah” and while that entails much more than can be contained in this short article, we can easily see that the days of Noah lasted exactly 120 years. We find this in Genesis chapter 6 verse 3 where God says:

My Spirit will not contend with man forever for he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years”.

Interestingly, this is the exact number of years God gave mankind to repent before he sent the flood. And it continues to be an important number in the count down to end time events for we are at the very end of the 120 years God gave Israel in which to bear fruit. And that time is nearly up.  The fruit Jesus so desired to find on the fig tree is not there yet ….. but it is coming.

And the next time Jesus goes to the fig tree to find fruit, be assured…. he will find it.

Stand back and see our God at work!  He’s coming soon!

*Thank you to Gary Stearman for his talk on this same subject although the thoughts shared here are my own. Thank you also to Dr. Del Tackett whose awesome teaching on “bearing fruit” in his Christian education series has given me much to think about …. and most of all to Jesus to whom I owe everything and without whose help I could not pen a word.

20160716_193943   Yours truly and a brother from Hawaii whom I met at the conference. A Pastor at New Hope on Maui this guy traveled all the way from the islands just to be at the conference and I was tickled pink to meet some one from my previous home.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | July 10, 2016

2016 – The Year for Shaking

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“This is what the Lord Almighty says, ‘ In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and dry land. I will shake all nations and the desired of all nations will come and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2:6-7

On July 7, 2016 a replica of Noah’s ark built to Biblical specifications opened to the public in Williamstown, Kentucky. Built by Ken Ham, it was designed to demonstrate the authenticity of the Biblical account by providing a tangible representative of what is described in the Genesis account.

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It can be no accident that the number one name for boys and girls this year is Noah and Olivia. Noah which of course is the name of the man (and his family) who God saved from the world wide deluge in the book of Genesis and Olivia, which means “olive” …. and is reminiscent of the olive tree so prominent in the Bible whose fruit is harvested by the shaking of the tree and of the olive branch the dove returned with when dry land once again appeared on the earth.

Image result for rainbow gay pride symbol2016 is also the year that the rainbow reached its zenith in association with the LGBT movement as opposed to being the covenant symbol of God’s promise to Noah and his descendants to never again destroy the world by water.

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“And God said, This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come. I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I  bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow now appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” Genesis 9:12-16

Yes, the wickedness of that day was so great that God had to act. So wicked had men become that God was grieved he had ever created them.

“The Lord saw how great mans wickedness on the earth had become and that every inclination  of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth and his heart was filled with pain.  So the Lord said, I will wipe mankind , whom I have created from the face of the earth –men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”

It would not be hard to argue that the world is once again descending in to violence, chaos and outright wickedness. Each man doing what is right in his own eyes …..  which by its very definition is ….. PRIDE. The rainbow God designed as a symbol of his grace and his covenant now a symbol for that which God hates most …. pride …. which when you think about it is the root of all sin. Especially, when it comes to defying God’s natural order for creation. The design of men and women and the institution of marriage.

Yes, there is a great shaking coming. The effects of which by the signs of the times may well take place before the year is out. Its believed by many that Nibiru or Planet X  was the instrument God used in Noah’s time for producing the flood. A rogue planet or dwarf star that is even now (some say)  making its way back into our solar system in order to bring forth the Revelation 6:12 events.

“I watched as he opened the 6th seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll rolling up and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” Revelation 6:12-14

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The olive and the olive tree are prominent figures in the Bible. These trees can often live for as much as one thousand years. As you can see from the photo at the top of the page the trunk often becomes twisted and gnarled …. reaching a circumference as much as 20 feet in diameter. In the Genesis account the waters of the flood reached a depth of 20 feet above the highest mountain allowing plenty of space for the ark to bob about on the surface of the water without becoming grounded. A fact that I find compelling for it was the olive branch the dove returned with that signaled to Noah that the waters were receding and that dry land had appeared. A symbol of God’s grace in allowing a new start.

It may be debatable but it stands to reason that the cross that Jesus was crucified on was made of olive wood. Like the pure olive oil (shaken and pressed down) that burned night and day in the Tabernacle Jesus likewise was pressed in to the wood of the cross he was nailed to in order that (like the ark) he could be lifted above his creation in order that our salvation might be secured.

I hope if nothing else that you take away from this article the sobering fact that there is a great shaking coming.  As the Bible declares, every mountain and every island will be moved from its place. The world of Noah’s day scoffed ….. until the rains came … .just as people today will scoff ….. until places like my beloved Hawaii disappear in to the depths of the sea …..

I believe with my whole heart that God has allowed Ken Ham to create the most accurate representation of the ark ever made – for our day and for our time. This is a reality check.  For all scoffers, all nay sayers – every one who wants to (by virtue of television and media)  can now see that the Biblical account is true. That the ark was a reality and more than capable of doing what it was designed for …. the survival of 8 people and the preservation of all living creatures necessary for repopulating the earth after it was destroyed.. It is not a myth, it is not a fairy tale. It is real. And testifies to the truth of the Bible and the reality of the shaking and the judgment that is ahead.

“First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is the coming he promised? Ever since our Fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation. But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” 2 Peter 3:3-7

As the Bible says “today is the day of salvation”. Jesus is the only ark of safety for what is ahead. If you have never received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you can do so now. Just repeat this simple prayer – believing and trusting with a sincere heart that it will be heard and accepted by the Father.

“Father, I come to you in Jesus name. And I confess to you that I am a sinner. I have tried to do things my way all of my life but I now turn my life over to you. I ask by the power of the Holy Spirit that you come in to my life and change me so that I might be conformed to your image not mine. I ask Father by your grace and mercy and by the precious blood of Jesus to save me and to forgive me for all my sin. In Jesus name, Amen!”

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | June 16, 2016

How Did Jesus Respond To Tragic Events?

Stephen McAlpine

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. (Luke 13:1)

Unexpected tragic events.  They’re certainly not new.  No, not new, but definitely more documented these days. Technology is certainly fulfilling its hyped promise of bringing us closer together. Be careful what you wish for, that’s all I have to say.

So we’re right there looking at selfies in a French rock concert just before a terrorist attack that leaves a hundred dead. A Snapchat videos reveals the confused look on a young woman’s face in a crowded night club the moment she realises, tragically, that the pop-pop-pop sound is not the music and that something is terribly wrong. 49, including her, dead.

And if it’s not video, it’s deeply disturbing black box recorder audio of 140 people screaming out “Oh my God” in a variety of tongues of…

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Posted by: cindybythesea | June 12, 2016

A Nation In Disconnect

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Hello …. hello …. is any one there?

June 12, 2016.  Another date to add to a growing list of dates as the nation goes in to mourning once again. An unspeakable tragedy no matter what community it took place in when innocent people are killed. And be assured, it could just as well have been a church, a school, a business or a theme park as it was a gay nightclub. And next time (it) will be. For these days there always is …. a next time …. and, there is no one who is not a potential target for this particular brand of hate.

Each day as I read the headlines, it becomes more obvious. The nation and the world at large is rapidly descending in to madness. And if you think this isn’t true …. you are sincerely deluding yourself, my friend. America has not only lost touch with her roots …. a train which left the station now so long ago that it hardly matters ….. humanity, is deteriorating from it means to be even human in its most basic sense ……and, this is the rotten egg which is set to upturn the whole thing.

For you see, even things like abortion (talk about the killing of the innocent) is now so far gone ….. is such a river that if even reversed today can never remove the stain. We have so become a culture of death that there is nothing left but for us to be what we already are. A fact, the fashion industry clued in to quite some time ago as they foisted the idea on an unsuspecting public that somehow or other dressing in skull and bones was somehow hip. The dead dressing the dead.  Well, even that is yesterday’s news.

How about this? In Oregon, it is now legal for one to be neither male nor female but non-binary. In other words, not identifying with either sex.  What is happening to people is so bizarre that it almost defies comprehension. Did we really think that we could remove God without something or someone else moving in and taking up residence?  The biggest mistake people make is not understanding that there is a war on for our souls. And with God removed, there is a vacuum just waiting to be filled. And from the looks of things that is exactly what has happened. The vacuum has been filled.

Did you read about the opening ceremony of the Gotthards tunnel in Switzerland? Openly demonic. Or the new trend to tattoo ones self with the DNA of a loved one ….. a thinly veiled introduction to the changing of ones DNA … or the entering of foreign DNA … as a precursor to the former ….. setting the stage for the final act ….. rendering for the first time ever humanity as unredeemable. And why not, people are no longer satisfied to be as God created them ….the thirst to be more or different from how they were created now at  the unquenchable stage.

Hate comes in a lot of forms and its not always at the end of a rifle.

The dissolution of the knowledge of God is the most hateful act of all.

From the words of Jesus himself:

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Matthew 10:28.

Seek Jesus while there is still time. The world is on disconnect ….. and there is little time left.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”.  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | June 7, 2016

June Bride

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There is just something about June weddings. Sure, one can be married any month of the year. But June and weddings somehow just seem to go together. You know, like bread and butter, ice cream and cake, Champagne and caviar  (just some of the choices for wedding dessert depending on how rich or poor you might be) but regardless of menu selection for some reason or other June just seems to be the perfect month for tying the knot.

How many of you know that God is into weddings and June weddings in particular? Not that he will bless you any less if you’re married in say August or September, it’s just that …. well, for his wedding …. he seems to prefer June.  And, I can hear many of you even now saying, “and, wow, I didn’t even know he was engaged!”  When did that happen?

Well, let me tell you.

It actually goes back a long way. God’s penchant for June weddings. For he himself married Israel during the month of June (Sivan on the Hebrew calendar) when he entered with them into what amounts to a marriage contract, a Ketubah, when the Torah was given at Sinai. This was 50 days after God brought them out of Egypt on Passover. First he freed them, then he married them!   Wow, what a bridegroom, my hero!

So, every year at Shavuot or Pentecost during the month of Sivan it is God’s anniversary you might say. An event so important it is commanded to count 50 days between Passover and Pentecost each year. This is known as the counting of the Omer. (Which also has to do with barley and wheat harvest – but, we will not get in to that today).

But, like a lot of love stories, it gets complicated ….  for Israel broke the terms of the Ketubah and became an unfaithful wife. Yup. Broke his heart. But, because God is a die hard romantic and loves weddings, he foresaw and orchestrated another fabulous wedding ….one which would involve his son, the Lord Jesus Christ …. and the restoration of his own relationship with his unfaithful bride, Israel.

Now this is where the story gets even more cool. Every year at Shavuot (Pentecost), the book of Ruth is read. Yup, Israel (the unfaithful bride) recounts the story of the Gentile woman (Ruth) who becomes the bride of the Hebrew Boaz, the kinsman redeemer. The union of which produced the most famous of all Israel’s kings, King David. Who incidentally, was born (and died) on this very same date (Shavuot).  Talk about provoking to jealousy! (Romans 11:14)   ….. Every year, through the reading of the book of Ruth the unfaithful wife (Israel) is reminded of the Gentile woman God used to produce the greatest of Israel’s kings and ultimately, the Lord Jesus Christ himself.

Which leads us back to ….. you guessed it. Pentecost. Like Israel, who was married to the Lord at Pentecost, the church through its birth is likewise engaged to Jesus. And, like his Father before him,  Jesus at the cross first freed his bride (redeemed from sin at Passover) and 50 days later became espoused  or engaged to her when the church was born on this very same date.  Wow!  What a bridegroom, my hero!

So as you can see, the month of June or Sivan on the Hebrew calendar is a very important month. So much so, that God orchestrated two other very important events during this very special month. The rebirth of Israel on the 5th of Iyar (May 14, 1948). And, the restoration of Jerusalem on the 28th of Sivan (June 11, 1967). Two events that are crucial to the continuation of this love story. For the stage is set for the return of the unfaithful wife to the Lord (after the 7 year tribulation) and the catching away of the church at the rapture for the wedding supper of the Lamb … an event which will precede the 7 year tribulation.

There is a lot of talk among believers about the timing of the rapture … the catching away of the Church in to heaven where she will be married to the Lord Jesus Christ who has been patiently waiting for her for the past 2,000 years.  Will it be a September wedding? September is such a nice month. The feast of Trumpets would make an awesome day for a wedding. How about a December wedding? Chanukah would be nice too. And, while any of the above would make a great day for the Lord to come for his bride ….. I have to say, June is perhaps just a little bit better. So, much so that the devil has hijacked it for his own. Instead of June Bride, it’s June Pride ….. June, the month last year that gay marriage was made legal. But, I digress.

So, if you’re looking for the Lord to come …. anticipating the day for the wedding of all weddings …. Shavuot (Pentecost) is June 11. Just a few days away. Oh, my ….. and, I have not yet picked out a dress!  No worries …. Jesus has it covered. Every thing the bride needs he will provide ….. that’s how much he loves ….. his June Bride.

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen bright and clean was given to her to wear. Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the Saints”. Revelation 19:7-8

*Not setting dates …. just sharing a few thoughts ….. whenever the Lord comes for his bride will be of course, the perfect time.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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